11 - Darius Bazley

6-9, 210 Small Forward/Power Forward
06/12/00 (21.3 yrs)
Cincinnati, OH
High School
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Melvin Frazier

Strengths: 6’10 versatile forward … Good length with a near 7’0 wingspan and 8’11 standing reach … Natural athleticism and versatility. Very fluid and coordinated. Quick first step. Good slashing ability … Can get to the rim and finish with either hand. Shot 46.2% from the floor over the Nike EYBL … Can hit the pull up jumper. Good arc on shot. Scores well from midrange and shows developing touch from three … Shot 40% from three at the NBPA Top 100 … Can score inside and out … Reliable free throw shooter. Shot 82.4% from the foul line over the Nike EYBL and 78.6% at the NBPA Top 100 … Rebounds very well with good elevation. Finished top ten in rebounds over the Nike EYBL with 9.4 per game and 3.3 coming on the offensive end. Finished third in rebounding at the NBPA Top 100 with 7.6 per game. Can grab a rebound and take it to the other end of the floor. Can cover a lot of ground in minimal dribbles … Great tools as a versatile defender with his length and athleticism. Averaged 1.5 blocks per game over the Nike EYBL and 0.9 per game at the NBPA Top 100 … Unselfish … Big time potential. Naturally has variety to his game, can show much improvement by getting better at what he already does at a basic level without having to completely add new dimensions to his game … Younger for his class, will turn 19 a few weeks before the draft …

Weaknesses: While very talented he’s still raw … And losing a potential (NCAA) season or even G-League season of development doesn’t help matters …  His feel for the game is lacking at this stage in development … Understanding when to score and when to move the ball within the offense will benefit him … Doesn’t have a consistent way to get baskets in the half court … Still improving his jump shot consistency … His elbow jets out, causing his misses to go off to the side … Developing a post-game would benefit him as he has a size advantage over most players defending him … Has room to add strength, only weighing in the 200 pound range … Gets bumped off his path when driving at times … Needs to tighten up his handle, struggles to use it to beat his man … Can slash to the basket but can improve breaking down the defense … Gets loose with the ball in traffic. Averaged 1.9 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL … Solid court vision but telegraphs passes at times … A bit out of control at times … Needs to perform more consistently … Still putting his tools and talent together to form in game production …

Outlook: Former Ohio State and Syracuse commit but decided to enter the G League, and then ultimately decided to just sit out the season and train for the NBA … Scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the McDonald’s All-American Game … Scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds (six offensive) in the Jordan Brand Classic … Played in the Nike Hoop Summit … Averaged 15.4 points per game over the Nike EYBL … Averaged 12.3 points per game at the NBPA Top 100 …

Notes: Measured: 6’7.5" in shoes, 6’6" barefoot, 197 lbs, 6’11" wingspan, 8’10.5" standing reach at 2017 USA Basketball October Minicamp …

Evan Tomes 4/8/19

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